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Special Forces Operational Techniques (Department of the Army Field Manual, FM 31-20) Paperback – April 1, 1980

ISBN-13: 978-0873640473 ISBN-10: 0873640470

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 536 pages
  • Publisher: Paladin Press (April 1, 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873640470
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873640473
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 4.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,946,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jaime R. Castro Cano on February 25, 2003
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SInce this books talks about different topics, like psychologic, radio transmitters and antennas, survival, and about how to make soap from nature, anyone will find it very interesting, its easy to read, and very enjoyable for those people who want to know a little about everything.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Frank 7SFG on February 24, 2007
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This is a military handbook meant for use in the field by trained Special Forces troopers, which means those who are already skilled in operations and intelligence, demolitions, communications, weapons, and advanced medical skills. It has a great deal more information than the SPECIAL FORCES HANDBOOK and is more specific in its instructions and info. I assume that it has been replaced in today's army by more up-to-date publications, but for what it is, it is very good, dry and concise but quite useful. Those considering buying it (which presumably excludes active duty military personnel) should look inside the book first and see if it fits their needs or interests. Some of the information is definitely dated. For instance, the radio and communications data was intended for equipment no longer in use by the army. The same applies to the other equipment described in the manual. The underlying principles are still the same, however.
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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 28, 2003
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I would like to recommend other things in addition to this book.
First of all; if you would like to know something about SOF, you should start reading the US doctrine of Spec Ops. This subject is not available for civilians for a while; as far as i know...it's apprx. 1100 pages.
But... you can study FM 21-75,FM 21-76 and FM 21-76-1.If you can get them...
In addition i recommend FM 31-70 "Basic Cold Weather Training"
You should know that it won't be easy to find these now..But they are a valueable asset in understanding some matters.

There is also an other book available:
Theory of Special Operations(Case Study)
This one is a must read...Not only for enlisted personnel but also for civilians. And it's easy to get this...
At last i would like to attend you on the fact of philosophy and warfare.. And why a soldair should be a thinker first..If you agree with me then you should read: Gates of Fire or Tides of War
Know that you won't find "Gates of Fire" nor "Tides of War" easy to read...
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